The Dead Wife

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Drama  /  2f

On her wedding night Laura sits in her nightgown waiting for her husband. His dead first wife appears to warn her that her groom is a murderer and, preying upon Laura's doubts, fears and terror of mirrors, she plants a deadly seed of suspicion. 

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The Dead Wife

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

On her wedding night Laura sits in her nightgown waiting for her husband. His dead first wife appears to warn her that her groom is a murderer and, preying upon Laura's doubts, fears and terror of mirrors, she plants a deadly seed of suspicion. The husband, a celebrated hero praised for his socially approved acts of violence, is coming up the stairs. Laura must decide what is real in this Gothic battle of wills. Like many of the celebrated author's plays, The Dead Wife features strong roles for actresses.

Published in The Great Gromboolian Plain & Other Plays.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2f
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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